The “Honorary Uce” Sami Zayn has opened up about why he feels The Bloodline has been such a successful group in WWE.
Roman Reigns is the leader of The Bloodline who has made everybody around “acknowledge” him as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion. Reigns has held the Universal Title for over 800 days while also holding the WWE Championship for the last seven months. For over two years now, Paul Heyman has been at Roman’s side as the “Special Counsel.”
Joining Reigns in The Bloodline are the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos, who are Roman’s cousins and they also grew up with him. In September, The Usos’ younger brother Solo Sikoa joined the group when he helped Reigns retain the WWE Title against Drew McIntyre at Clash at the Castle.
The most unique member of The Bloodline may just be Sami Zayn, who isn’t a blood relative of Reigns or The Usos, but he has proven his loyalty to the group over the last several months. Zayn is getting massive reactions from the crowd while also making the group laugh at times, especially during a Smackdown segment where he mentioned the hot-tempered Jey Uso wasn’t feeling “very Ucey.”
While promoting The Bloodline’s participation in the WarGames match at Survivor Series, Sami Zayn appeared on WWE’s After The Bell podcast talking about why the group works so well together.
“I definitely saw the potential from the get go. It’s one of those things that it’s not something that you predict ahead of time, or it’s not something that you think you want to see, or something that even you think would make sense, but in execution, and that’s what I think this whole thing is coming down to is the execution of it all more than it is the concept because the concept is a bit strange.”
Zayn also spoke about how it doesn’t make sense on paper, but they have made it work.
“The Bloodline is a family and here’s this person who’s clearly not family. The whole thing just doesn’t make sense on paper. But it’s a perfect example of when things work in execution more than they do on paper. So I’m not entirely surprised at the success of the segments or whatever that we’ve done, but it has still exceeded my expectations. Like I knew they would be good. I just didn’t know the fans would take to it the way they have.”
As he continued, Zayn talked about the contrast between Roman and The Usos as characters.
“It’s commitment and it’s also the contrast between the Usos and Roman and what they were doing. Also, they had a year, maybe even more, a year and a half, to really simmer and really establish these characters. So too have I had the last three, four years, maybe even five years, since I kind of switched to, you know, this bad guy kind of role, but especially over the last few years to really let my character simmer, and harden, and get established.
“So you have these two very clearly defined acts and the dynamic between these two acts that are established was so fun and interesting, and we’re all committed to it, and we all know who we are.”
“I think it’s a testament to what I created before I got into the Bloodline and what they created before they got to this point. Now you take these things that are established, two really well established, well defined acts, mix them, and again, it doesn’t sound like it should mix on paper, but then you see the execution and you’re like, ‘Oh, this is so enjoyable.’ I think that’s what made it work.”
Sami Zayn and the rest of The Bloodline will step into the WarGames double cage this Saturday, November 26th at Survivor Series. We will have full coverage of Survivor Series on TJRWrestling as usual.